Poetry. Winner of the 2011 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize selected by Denise Duhamel. The poems in MY SCARLET WAYS are, most often, attempts at self-destruction by any means necessary—love, sex, language, God, and ultimately, fantasies of motherhood. With piercing passion and linguistic precision, Tanya Larkin, pursues and retreats from her reader like a poetic Mata Hari, drawing us closer, if only to entice and strike us again in poem after poem.
"The poems in Tanya Larkin's MY SCARLET WAYS spin and dive into myth, our sacred places, and the psyche, while weary of the 'suckhole of sincerity.' Her work is fierce and peculiarly profound, engaged and authentic; her syntax stretches like a tightrope upon which her surprising imagery dips and then balances most skillfully. Larkin is a poet of intelligence and intuition, of wily and wicked wisdom."—Denise Duhamel
"'I was this pink sun-cradled snake,' sings the battered figurehead strapped to the prow of this violently beautiful, heartbroken book. Full of Energy and Agony—Dickinson's own presiding spirits—the lines of these poems pursue their scarlet ways to the hungry heart of Eros with an urgency and relentlessness that crosses into the metaphysical. Again and again, as the speaker appears to retreat behind a veil of gorgeous style, the veil parts and we behold a steady gaze, staring into the mirror, 'the mirror where I practice how to kill / and spare a life in one look.' This is a passionate and excoriating book; prepare to swoon."—Suzanne Buffam
Author City: SOMERVILLE, MA USA
Tanya Larkin was born in Montebelluna, Italy, and raised in Pennsylvania. A recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, she lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, and teaches at The New England Institute of Art. Her poems have appeared in Conduit, Quarterly West, Ploughshares, and elsewhere.
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